Father Fred Foundation

Volunteer Larry Sellers stocks the food pantry at the Father Fred Foundation in October last year. 

Area pantries continue

TRAVERSE CITY — Several area pantries plan to remain open during the Michigan school closures.

Most organizations are restricting in-person visits and encourage calling ahead.

Meals are available at the following times and locations:

  • ACTS in Williamsburg — 5-7 p.m. Tuesday, 1-4 p.m. Wednesday and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday
  • Bear Lake Christian Church, Kalkaska — located in church parking lot, "stop by any time."
  • Benzie Area Christian Neighbors — Blessings in a Backpack weekend snacks, 231-882-9544
  • Benzie Senior Resources — pick-up at the Gathering Place from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. 231-525-0600 
  • Christ Church — 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 5:30 p.m. Saturday
  • Church of the Nazarene — 5:30 p.m. Tuesdays
  • Elk Rapids Community Cupboard at First Presbyterian Church. Contact Pam Coleman, 847-445-8239.
  • Father Fred Foundation — Access food and financial services from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday and Friday and 2-6 p.m. Wednesdays, 231-947-2055
  • Faith Reformed Church — 6:30-8:30 p.m. Monday (teens). Dinner served at 5:30 p.m. Thursdays
  • First Congregational Church in Benzonia — supplemental food at 11 a.m. April 6 at 900 Barber St., 231-882-4922
  • Fresh Wind Christian Community — Drive-thru from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday at 9780 Honor Highway through April 9
  • Good Samaritan Food Pantry — Drive-thru pickup from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday
  • Grace Episcopal in Traverse City — noon to 2 p.m. Monday and Friday, 1 p.m. Sunday; Community Meal program (free lunches on Fridays at noon, and Sundays at 1 p.m., and still operating). Jubilee House volunteers work with Goodwill and City of Traverse City to expand operations into parish halls to increase social distancing and operation to seven days a week, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Immaculate Conception — 7 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays
  • Kandu Island — 12:30-2:30 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday
  • Lake Ann United Methodist Church — Monday and Thursday 9 a.m. to noon and Wednesday 4:30-6:30 p.m., 231-275-7236
  • The Salvation Army — To-go community lunches Monday, Wednesday and Friday at noon from the Emergency Disaster Truck, 1239 Barlow St. Perishable foods at the community center Monday and Wednesday at noon, 231-946-4644
  • St. Patrick Church — 10 a.m. to noon Tuesday and Thursday
  • Traverse City High School (Step Up) — 231-933-5860
  • Trinity Lutheran Church — 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday and Friday

Also, Oryana Community Co-op's in-store donation box, located inside the east store entrance by the community bulletin board, is temporarily designated for neighbors in need impacted by the COVID-19 state shutdown. Anyone who has recently been economically impacted may stop in and take an item or two. Anyone who can donate food and hygiene items to the box is welcome. 260 E. 10th. St., Traverse City, 947-0191.

Food Bank Council

TRAVERSE CITY — Food Bank Council of Michigan offers to feed children during the statewide school closure, in effect through April 5. Nearly 900,000 students will miss breakfast and lunch during the next three weeks. Food Bank Council, through the Michigan Department of Education, applied for waivers to activate the Summer Feeding program, which would cover the costs of feeding children.

The USDA granted the request, waiving the requirement that kids must eat in a group at schools.

Regional bank locations include Goodwill of Northern Michigan’s Food Rescue program in Traverse City. Call 517-485-1202 to donate or volunteer for distribution.

Benzie Bus aid

BEULAH — Benzie Bus plans to aid anyone who feels ill, especially senior citizens, by providing free grocery or medicine delivery services. Buses are being disinfected with an electrostatic sprayer. 

Contact: 231-325-3000; dispatch@benziebus.com.

Additionally, Benzie Senior Resources continues its Meals on Wheels program and may deliver frozen foods to the curb. Congregate meals are available for pick-up from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Gathering Place.  Call 231-525-0600 to order in advance.

Pickups available

TRAVERSE CITY — Books-A-Million recently started a free curbside pick-up option. Customers can buy items online, call the store when they arrive and receive their purchases at their vehicle. The local store is currently open. Call 231-935-0194 for more details.

YMCA offers care

TRAVERSE CITY — Grand Traverse Bay YMCA Central, East and West locations are closed until April 6, but the YMCA continues providing care at the Child Development Center, 1027 McRae Hill Road. The facility plans to evaluate that location daily and provide updates if needed. Call 231-933-9622 with membership questions.

Meals for students

TRAVERSE CITY — Many area schools announced they will give meals to students missing them during the state-mandated closures, which last at least through May 15. Students can get free breakfast and lunch from most schools.

  • Elk Rapids Schools — 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Cherryland Middle School and Mill Creek Elementary 
  • TCAPS — 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday at Blair Elementary, Long Lake Elementary, Traverse Heights Elementary and East Middle School. Request weekend meals at info@tcaps.net
  • Kingsley Area Schools — 4:30-6 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays at Hannah St. Mary’s or 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Kingsley Methodist Church. 231-263-5261.
  • Bellaire Public Schools — Home delivery via bus routes from 8-10 a.m. Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday
  • Benzie Central — Regular bus stops around the district at 9 a.m. or drive through at 11 a.m. Monday and Thursday at Benzie Central, Lake Ann and Betsie Valley schools
  • Forest Area Community Schools — Monday and Thursday delivery 
  • Frankfort Elberta — Drive-thru service 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday 
  • Glen Lake Community Schools — Home deliveries 
  • GTACS — 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday at Blair Elementary, Long Lake Elementary, Traverse Heights Elementary and East Middle School 
  • Kalkaska Public Schools — Transit stops where kids are picked up and at high school
  • Leland Public Schools — 11 a.m. Monday and Thursday at Leland Public Schools, St. Mary School and Bingham Boat Launch
  • Mancelona Public Schools — 8-9 a.m. and noon to 1 p.m. at the middle school
  • Northport Public Schools — Home deliveries Monday and Wednesday, not running during spring break
  • Suttons Bay Public Schools — Drive through the school and Leelanau Christian Neighbors in Lake Leelanau 

Bread bank opens

FRANKFORT — Crescent Bakery and Cafe opened a bread bank for people who need help feeding themselves and their family. It will be available Tuesday to Saturday, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. or until that day's bread is gone. Any assistance (monetary or other) is accepted. Contact: 231-352-4611.


U-M's Poverty Solutions released a Michigan COVID-19 Pandemic Resource Guide

Poverty Solutions at the University of Michigan and Detroit-based nonprofit design firm Civilla worked together on the 2020 Coronavirus Stimulus Payment website, which features a step-by-step process to ensure residents have provided the IRS with the information needed to receive their stimulus checks.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Coronavirus Self-Checker

The Salvation Army Thrift Store and Donation Center are open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Saturday. Call 231-946-4644 to discuss financial assistance. Office hours: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday and 9 a.m. to noon Tuesdays.

Michael's Place in Traverse City free virtual programs: peer-to-peer grief support for bereaved adults through video conferencing and one-on-one support via telephone with social workers. Resources are provided for kids and families by email and mail. 231-947-6453; GoodGrief@MyMichaelsPlace.net

Thomas Judd Care Center, 231-935-7548 or 844-820-2995

Polestar LGBT+ Community Center, tcpolestar.org

24/7 support for LGBTQ youth, 866-488-7386 or thetrevorproject.org/get-help-now. Text START to 678-678 for chat support M-F, 3-10 p.m. (EST)

Trans Lifeline, 877-565-8860

Catholic Human Services: Traverse City region, 231-947-8110; Gaylord region, 989-732-6761; Cadillac region, 231-775-6581

Department of Insurance and Financial Services, 877-999-6442 or DIFSComplaints@michigan.gov. Call center hours are from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Consumer Protection tip line (877-765-8388). Phone lines are generally open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday; however, operations are extended until 7 p.m. Friday and from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday. To allow for more efficient response by the Attorney General’s office, consumers are urged to file complaints online.

Leslie Meyers, Antrim County Emergency Services Coordinator, (o) 231-533-6569, (c) 231-632-6080

Health Department of Northwest Michigan, 231-347-5628 (main office) or 800-386-5959 (public health information line)

East Jordan Family Health Center – (231) 536-2206

Bellaire Family Health Center – (231) 533-8649

Michigan Department of Health and Human Services statewide hotline for health-related questions, 888-535-6136 (8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily) or COVID19@michigan.gov. Certified Peer Support Specialist Warmline for people with mental health conditions, 888-733-7753 (10 a.m. to 2 a.m. daily)

District Health Department No. 10 Kalkaska County, 231-258-8669. Community Connections program, 888-217-3904 option 3 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday to Friday 

McLaren Northern Michigan hotline, 231-487-5550

Munson Bereavement offers teleconference calls for grief support, Tuesdays at 11 a.m. Email HospiceBereavement@mhc.net or call 800-252-2065 to join the group

Kyle Marshall, corporate chef for Magnum Hospitality, (231) 838-1975

TBA Credit Union Service Center, 231-946-7090

McLaren Northern Michigan offers a telehealth service for $29, 800-248-6777

North Country Community Mental Health, Warm Help Line available Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 877-470-7130 and Crisis Help Line operates 24/7 at 877-470-4668 

Northern Michigan Community Action Agency Meals on Wheels: Grand Traverse and Leelanau counties: Lisa Robitshek, Jennifer Watkins or David Hagen, 231-947-3780; Wexford and Missaukee counties: Chuck Dolley, 231-775-9781; Manistee County: Bonnie Kruse, 231-723-6461

Virtual NMCAA and phone appointments available as needed. Questions: 231-346-2141; apopa@nmcaa.net

Online, self-paced Homebuyer Education and Money Management classes at ehomeamerica.org/nmcaa

Free, 24/7 Michigan Problem Gambling Helpline, 800-270-7117 

The Michigan Department of Treasury offers collections assistance to newly unemployed Michiganders currently paying on past-due state tax debts or other state debts. To receive assistance, individuals are encouraged to contact Treasury’s Collections Service Center at 517-636-5265.

Michigan musician Joshua Davis offers online songwriting, guitar, banjo, ukulele and mandolin lessons for all ages. Message him through Instagram.

Michigan unemployment benefits, Michigan.gov/UIA or 1-866-500-0017; https://www.michigan.gov/leo/0,5863,7-336-78421_97241---,00.html

Michigan Department of Civil Rights: Individuals can file a complaint of unlawful discrimination or request information through Michigan.gov/MDCR, MDCR-INFO@michigan.gov or 1-800-482-3604.

Michigan Economic Development Corporation, 888-522-0103

Old Mission Bakery, 813 S. Garfield, offers free bread daily to anyone in need, 231-421-7018

Online fitness classes through MOSSA, including Strength Train Together, Cardio Step Together and Active Together. Workouts are free for up to 60 days. https://bit.ly/2WpRnU6

Bayview Inn collects donations of feminine hygiene products for girls who cannot access them while schools are closed.

Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians services: Tribal Manager Sonya Zotigh, Sonya.Zotigh@gtbindians.com or GTB Health Director Soumit Pendharkar, 231-631-2978.

The National Rifle Association offers its Experienced Hunter Education Course for free. Course includes a review of firearm safety and safe hunting practices, 800-672-3888

Social and emotional health:

- 24-hour mental health crisis line: 1-833-295-0616 (Northern Lakes Community Mental Health-FAST)

- Crisis counselor text line (24/7, national service): text RESTORE to 741741

- National Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1-800-273-8255

- OK2SAY: https://www.michigan.gov/ok2say/

- For medical or safety emergencies, call 9-1-1.

Free guided meditations at headspace.com/MI

People eligible for Students in Transition Empowerment Program (STEP) with unmet needs, contact Abby Jordan at 231-933-5901.

Michigan’s Child Nutrition programs: Office of Health and Nutrition Services’ Director Diane Golzynski, 517-241-5374 or mde-schoolnutrition@michigan.gov

Benzie County: County and deputy administrators, 231-882-0035; Animal Control, 231-882-0859; Building Department, 231-882-9673; Benzie EMS, 231-882-0557; Benzie EMS Frankfort, 231-352-5924

Benzie County Department of Human Services, 231-882-1330. Benzie-Leelanau District Health Department, 231-882-4409 or BLDHD.org

Bay Area Senior Advocates, Amy Northway, 231-932-0708 or amy@monarchhomehealth.com

Benzie Bus offers free grocery or medicine delivery, 231-325-3000 or dispatch@benziebus.com

Michigan Small Business Resources: https://sbdcmichigan.org/small-business-covid19/

West Side Community Church COVID-19 Community Relief Fund supports Single Momm Ministry, Safe Harbor, Leelanau Christian Neighbors and the Goodwill Inn: tcwscc.com/give

Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA), www.michigan.gov/LARA and 517-335-9700

Red Cross, blood donor app on mobile phones, RedCrossBlood.org or 800-733-2767

USDA Rural Development Traverse City Area Office, 231-941-0951 ext. 4. A list of food, agriculture and other resources is at usda.gov/coronavirus 

Aleda E. Lutz VA community-based outpatient clinic in Traverse City, 989-497-2500, ext. 11412

Disaster Distress Helpline provides immediate, 24/7 crisis counseling to people affected by the coronavirus pandemic, call 800-985-5990 or text "TalkWithUs" to 66746

Good Samaritan Food Pantry, 231-588-2208 for utility or emergency assistance. Call 231-588-2200 for additional baby wipes, diapers, formula, food, etc.

Kalkaska County Veterans Affairs Office, 231-258-3370 or mpauch@kalkaskacounty.org

Antrim County Veterans Affairs, 231-350-6545 or bedellw@antrimcounty.org

Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency Veteran Crisis Line, 800-273-8255

Northern Latitudes Distillery in Lake Leelanau offers hand sanitzer, call 231-256-2700 to order for pick up

Equality Michigan Department of Victim Services virtual office hours Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. with gmaze@equalitymi.org | 313-537-7000, ext. 114 or from 1-5 p.m. with jpoindexter@equalitymi.org | 313-537-7000, ext. 112

LGBT National Hotline: 888-843-4564

LGBT National Youth Talkline: 800-246-PRIDE (7743)

SAGE LGBT Elder Hotline: 888-234-7243

Northern Lakes Community Mental Health: Access Line for people experiencing stress, anxiety or depression, 800-492-5742; myStrength.com tools for stress management

World Trade Press, Free educational resources at ABCDatabaseSuite.com. Contact: 231-357-7640; paulm@worldtradepress.com.

Alzheimer's Foundation of America, call the toll-free helpline at 866-232-8484 or text 646-586-5283

Grand Traverse County Resource Recovery Department, 231-995-6075. Information about brush drop-off sites is provided at 231-632-5162.

Energy bill assistance or flexible-payment plans may be available. Local municipal utility Traverse City Light & Power, 231-922-4431

Benzie Area Christian Neighbors, 231-882-9544. A household may pick-up pre-packaged food bags twice a month from 2804 Benzie Highway/U.S. 31 in Benzonia

Dial 2-1-1 or visit mi211.org for more resources